(Closed) Question about my Galaxy 3 and Music vs data usage

posted 5 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

I have an S3 too!  Pretty much every music app will have a setting for streaming/downloading over wifi only.  Find that setting and enable it.  I usually download new Spotify playlists when I’m at home and on a wifi connection, then I’ll play those locally on my phone when I’m out and about.  This also doesn’t use any data so you’ll easily stay within your limits.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I download music from my computer to my phone and then listen to that. I only listen to Pandora and Spotify on WiFi for the most part. Also, a PP mentioned downloading on Spotify and then saving it to your phone so you can listen to it without using data, that works too.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

I also put music on my phone directly from my computer via usb and then just play that when i am not in range of Wi-Fi. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - Bristol zoo

Things that connect to the internet use data unless there is wifi available to use instead. Normal internet browsing and app use (that requires a connection) shouldn’t take up too much of your allowance but actually downloading stuff can do so I’d leave that kind of thing for when you’re at home and connected to your own internet πŸ™‚

 

If you are downloading music to your phone I presume that it’d be much easier to transfer it by plugging your phone into your computer and copying the files that you want across. This would require no internet connection as comunication from phone to computer will be done via the usb cable.

If you’re downloading completely new song files onto your phone from the internet then I’d do it on the wifi, as that shouldn’t affect your data usage. Not sure about Pandora, if it does require a mobile data connection then I presume the amount would be minimal – like using the FB app.

 

I’m completely prepared to be wrong about any of what I’d just said if a better educated bee comes along πŸ™‚ but basically wifi is your friend. It’s also worth noting that anything that claims to be “unlimited” will still actualy have a usage cap (“fair use” policy or something) so you aren’t missing out on all that much ^^

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@RoyalLime:  It’s in Spotify. Should be in your menu. You need to make sure that you have it set so that you have access to music without WiFi. There is a setting somewhere for that. I have it turned off because it takes up memory on my phone and I have my own music downloaded already, but you can turn it on to listen while disconnected.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - Bristol zoo

@RoyalLime:  It is good to be cautious πŸ™‚ I’ve had a problem this month where my phone has really struggled to connect to the wifi so even while I’m at home I’ve mostly had to rely on my data. Last week I woke up and in the night my phone had downloaded a massive eff off system update while I was sleeping (it must have been a timeout thing like “I’ll do this if you don’t tell me not to in 10 minutes :D”). So I woke up to a text from my provider saying that I’m not allowed to use mobile data for the rest of the calendar month. So it is worth keeping an eye on these things! And possibly turning off mobile data while you know you don’t want to use it so background app stuff doesn’t pile up.

 

If you go to “settings” and then “data usage” there should be a graph showing how much you have used so far this month. There should also be an orange line, you can move this up or down and your phone will let you know when you hit that line on the graph so that you know it’s time to reel in the internet usage :3

 

6GB really should be more than enough though, I think I might be on 1GB?

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I have 6gb of data on my S3, and I NEVER go anywhere near it, and I am constantly on my phone, streaming music, Netflix, etc. I think you should be fine with that amount of data.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Oh wow LOL. I misunderstood, thought it was all for you!! πŸ™‚ I do go over 3gb on my own, so I agree with a PP who says to just download music to your phone rather than streaming it from anywhere, or if you want to use a streaming app like Pandora, definitely use only on WIFI

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